Meet our herd of Myotonic Goats

Mr. Knickerbocker
Mr. Knickerbocker

Fainting Goats

This breed has several names- the most common are Myotonic, Tennessee Fainting, Nervous, and Scare goats. The names refer specifically to myotonia congenita, a condition in which the muscle cells experience prolonged contraction when the goat is startled. The transitory stiffness associated with these contractions can cause the goat to stop moving, stiffen, and even fall down. This is not a true faint, but a muscular phenomenon unrelated to the nervous system. The actual degree of stiffness may vary widely from goat to goat and is based on a number of factors, including age, species purity, and degree of fright.

 

As strange as this may sound, these little critters have actually served an historical purpose. Shepherds often kept the goats in with their flocks as insurance in case of predator attacks. The theory went something like this- as wolves would come down from the hills to attack a flock of sheep, the goats would become startled and, as per the name of their breed, they would faint. The sheep would make a clean getaway, as the wolves would focus on the stunned goats rather than pursue the fleeing sheep. Not that wonderful if you were one of the goats, sure, but downright dandy if you happened to be a sheep.

Our Fainting Goats at Sink Hollow Farm

Libby (doe)      DOB 05/02/10

Black & White; polled; brown-eyed

Black and white doe, polled with brown eyes.
Black and white doe, polled with brown eyes.

Lilly (doe)      DOB 03/10/11

Black & White; polled; brown-eyed

Lilly is black and white, polled, brown eyes.
Lilly is black and white, polled, brown eyes.

YEVRAH (doe)      DOB 04/20/12

FOR SALE $150.00 unregistered

Tri-colored; horned; golden eyed

Tri-colored doe born April 20, 2012 to Libby.  Brown eyed, horned.
Tri-colored doe born April 20, 2012 to Libby. Brown eyed, horned.

ZOE (doe)     DOB 02/19/12

Brown & white; horned; golden-eyed

Brown and white doe with marbled eyes.  Purchased from Liberty Hill Farms.
Brown and white doe with marbled eyes. Purchased from Liberty Hill Farms.

CAMELIA JUNE (doe)    DOB 03/08/13

Black & White; horned; blue-eyed

Calypso is our black and white doe with blue eyes.  From Liberty Hills Farm.
Calypso is our black and white doe with blue eyes. From Liberty Hills Farm.

REBEL (doe) DOB 04/09/15

Tri-colored; horned; blue-eyed

Chloe - Tri colored doe with blue eyes  (Dam Lottie / Sire Knickerbocker)
Chloe - Tri colored doe with blue eyes (Dam Lottie / Sire Knickerbocker)

SPROUT (doe)     DOB 11/21/12

Chocolate & White (POLLED)

FRANNY (doe)     DOB 01/23/13

Red & White; gold eyes (POLLED)

CANDY (doe)     DOB 04/21/15

Blue, white, tan with crystal blue eyes (HORNED)

HAPPY HOUR (doe)     DOB 03/24/13

Tri color; brown eyes (HORNED)

Jelly Bean (Doe)     DOB 04/05/15

Chocolate & white; brown eyes (HORNED)

Purchsed from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye Farm born April 5, 2015
Purchsed from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye Farm born April 5, 2015

PEEPS (Doe)     DOB 04/05/15

Blue & White; horned; blue eyed

Purchased from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye-Hill Farm born April 5, 2015
Purchased from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye-Hill Farm born April 5, 2015

Little BoPeep (Doe)     DOB 04/19/16

Blue & White; horned; marbled eyes

Little BoPeep - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Peeps born April 19, 2016
Little BoPeep - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Peeps born April 19, 2016

SILLYJILLY (Doe)

Black and white; ice blue eyes horned.

Silly Jilly - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Libby born July 13, 2016
Silly Jilly - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Libby born July 13, 2016

JEZEBEL (Doe)     DOB 03/16/15

Tri-colored; polled; blue eyed

Twin does born to Zoe and Knickerbocker.
Twin does born to Zoe and Knickerbocker.

JOY to the world     DOB 03/16/15

White & Peach; polled; blue eyed  DOB 03/16/15

Born to Zoe and Knickerbocker.  White polled doe with blue eyes.
Born to Zoe and Knickerbocker. White polled doe with blue eyes.

PATSY CLINE (Doe)     DOB 02/06/16

Tri-colored; horned; marbled eyes

Beautiful tri-colored, horned, doe.  Joined our farm 4-10-16.
Beautiful tri-colored, horned, doe. Joined our farm 4-10-16.

Shopping Shirley (Doe)     DOB 02/26/16

Brown, black, and white peacock pattern; polled; brown-eyed

Brown peacock doe with brown eyes.
Brown peacock doe with brown eyes.

Pepsi (Doe)     DOB 03/04/16

Brown & Black; horned; brown-eyed

Brown with white tip to her tail.  She is the leader of the pack and very busy!
Brown with white tip to her tail. She is the leader of the pack and very busy!

Thrifty Thelma (Doe)     DOB 03/20/16

Tri-colored; horned; blue eyed

Apocyliptic (Doe)     DOB 03/25/16

Black, blue, white peacock pattern; horned; blue eyed

Black white peacock pattern with beautiful blue eyes.
Black white peacock pattern with beautiful blue eyes.

Chatty Cathy  aka: CC    (Doe)     DOB 03/07/16

Black & white; disbudded; brown eyed

Sticker Shock Sabine (Doe)     DOB 03/26/16

Brown with silver moonspots; disbudded; blue-eyed

Iris (Doe)     DOB 04/07/16

Tri colored - flower pattern - marbled eyes

Purchased from: Jill Wallace's Crazy Acres, Casey, IL.
Purchased from: Jill Wallace's Crazy Acres, Casey, IL.

Shasta Daisy (Doe)     DOB 01/14/17

Tri-colored - flower pattern - blue eyes

Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.
Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.

Trippin Molly (Doe)k     DOB 01/18/17

Black, White, Tan- horned - marbled blue eyes

Say it Ain't So Stella (Doe)     DOB 01/15/17

Chocolate, Gray, Tan, and white - Polled - Moonspotted - blue eyes

Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.
Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.

Dapple Apple (doe)     DOB 03/10/17

Heavily moonspotted - black, tan, silver, white

Willow (Doe)     DOB 03/20/17

Brown, white, black; horned; brown eyes

Henny Penny (Doe)     DOB 04/19/17

Tan, polled, with marbled eyes

PAISLEY   (Doe)          DOB 04/30/17

Black and white, polled, blue eyes

DHARMA (Doe)     DOB 01/18/18

Black & white with gray, chocolate & tan moonspots  Brown eyes.  MGR Pending